Launched to widespread acclaim in September 1968, the XJ6 refined concepts embodied by previous Jaguar saloons to create a car to rival the best offered by Mercedes-Benz. Its introduction enabled Jaguar to rationalise a range that had proliferated during the early 1960s, the XJ6 effectively replacing the 240/340, S-Type, 420 and 420G models. Styled in-house at Jaguar by Sir William Lyons and his fellow designers, the XJ6 was lower, longer and wider than the preceding 420, yet contrived to be more rigid while also incorporating 'crumple zone' technology for increased safety. Jaguar's engineers had also paid particular attention to reducing noise, endowing the XJ6 with extensive rubber mountings for the sub-frames carrying the engine and front/rear suspension systems. Complementing these chassis developments was Dunlop's new E70VR tyre, specially tailored to the XJ6, which combined the handling advantages of a radial design with exceptional quietness. The XJ6's all-independent suspension followed 420 lines but with anti-dive geometry up front, while rack-and-pinion steering made its first appearance on a Jaguar saloon. The six-cylinder XK engine was available in either 2.8- or 4.2-litre forms initially, the latter capable of propelling the luxuriously appointed XJ6 to in excess of 120mph. While still cast in the traditional Jaguar mould, the well appointed interior was reconfigured to meet the latest US safety requirements while at the same time incorporating a modern heating and ventilation system. In October 1972 a long-wheelbase bodyshell became available on the XJ6 and this was standardised in 1975, part way through production of the mildly revised Series 2 that had been introduced in 1973. The XJ6 was a landmark car of immense importance to Jaguar, effectively establishing the pattern of its saloon models for the next 40 years, and today early examples are becoming increasingly sought after by collectors. A manual transmission model, this early XJ6 was supplied new in October 1969 by agent Rossleigh of Edinburgh to Mr John Cousin, 77 Wakefield Avenue, Edinburgh. The vehicle saw only limited use, passing to the second owner, Dr Donald McClaren, 7 South Grey Street, Edinburgh in July 1984. The accompanying Jaguar passport records servicing from new to October 1972 at 15,549 miles. In July 1984 the mileage was recorded as 30,143 while the final stamp (dated February 1987) records it as 56,641. The current recorded mileage is 65,136 and is genuine. 'RFS 737H' is believed to have been off the road from 1989 until 2010 when it was acquired by the current vendor, who began an extensive refurbishment which included careful examination and servicing of all mechanical elements with service parts replaced as necessary and a full bare-metal re-spray. The interior did not require any work and remains in first class condition. On a recent test drive everything performed correctly, overdrive included, and the engine maintained a good oil pressure. Taxed and MoT'd to 2012, the car is presented in generally first class order, with unblemished coachwork and excellent underside and brightwork. Accompanying documentation includes old Swansea V5s recording early owners, current V5C, Jaguar Sales and Service facilities handbook, service passport and Jaguar heritage certificate confirming all details correct.